What backend should I use for a website?
It is time for joewalt.com to exist in the world again. I am working on creative things that I want to post on a site I control, and a place to post thoughts that I can index and search later.
The main things I need it to do: host a webcomic with good navigation, an image gallery for drawings and paintings, a place for prose stories, have a blog that works well for both images and words, host a video blog, and be able to host files I can share with others (FTP?)
The main contenders I am aware of that require the least coding/maintenance:
-Squarespace. My test drive seemed like essentially a self-hosted Tumblr, with all the UI nightmares that implies. Whatever I do there would look pretty, but not look like I want. I also didn’t find a theme that handled both text AND images well at the same time. Probably no FTP space. Maybe I just didn’t dive deep enough?
-self-hosted Wordpress. I know, I know, it’s a heap of bandaids on a kludge, but it’s got plug-ins for specific things I want to do (webcomics), and I’ve run it before. With enough time, I could probably get it to look more like I want it to. Is this just familiarity making it seem like the better option?
I want to be spending time on writing and drawing, not web coding, but am willing to do a bit here and there, as long as it’s minimal.
So: what else is out there? Do you have strong feelings about either of the above options’ suitability for my purposes?
I gave to the following projects. Maybe you want to as well! Every little bit helps. I am not rich or anything, but I have enough to give a little to make the world a better place!
I became a monthly contributor to the ACLU, inspired by their work for LGBT rights and their help to the people of Ferguson, Mo with the ongoing police oppression there:
Became a monthly contributor to the UCSF Alliance Health Project, where I got tested the other day (negative! not that I am at much risk), to support their work with LGBTQ folks and the HIV+ community, including mental health services and free HIV testing:
My pal and former neighbor Megan Mosholder’s Art Prize installation, Mijimendan vta Ziibi (Remember the River): an interactive artwork that encourages environmental awareness and cultural compassion.:
The awesome documentary and community project my pal Alyce is working on: “We’re launching our feature documentary on Somali hiphop group Waayaha Cusub alongside a counter-violence campaign with youth in Mogadishu, Nairobi & Dadaab.”
I helped save the Icelandic Goat from extinction: http://igg.me/p/save-the-icelandic-goat-from-extinction/x/462509
And that’s it for this month.